Weekly Wisdom: The importance of recovery

How seriously are you taking recovery? Are you doing enough to recover from training and racing? A lot of athletes underestimate the need for and power of recovery. Step one: Cool down The first important thing to do is cooling down. After races: No matter how good or bad the race went, make sure you spin out […]


Sleep like an Olympian

Twenty-twelve was a bad year for American competitive cycling. It’s the year that Lance Armstrong received his lifetime ban and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. And in the midst of the controversy, his former teammates withdrew from the summer Olympics, placing the hopes for an Olympic cycling medal on the women. […]


Sleep Cycle

I have this annoying tendency of taking photos of mates on the way home from races We all know that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is one of the hottest banned substances in professional sport.  The effects of HGH include  (from wikipedia): Decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased energy levels, improved skin […]


Tour Of Bright Tips – When To Get A Massage

I’ve written four different posts for today and in the end wasn’t happy with any of them.  At the last moment I decided this topic is the most relevant since the Tour of Bright is less than 4 days away.   Even if you’ve never heard of the Tour of Bright you can still get something […]


Cold Water Recovery

This is a pretty common scene if you live here in Melbourne.  A bunch of footie players huddling together the day after their game presumably forced by their old-school coaches to stand in freezing ocean water in the middle of winter.  It’s always said that soaking your legs in cold water helps them recover better.  […]


Chocolate Milk – The Perfect Sports Drink

Way back in the early days of 2008 when I started this blog I did a brief post on some guidelines on how much protein you should be having and when you should be ingesting it.  Since that post I’ve come across more research that backs up the assertion about drinking chocolate milk for a […]


Compression Garments For Cycling?

What cyclist wouldn’t be interested in improving recovery, increasing performance, and minimizing delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)?   I pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars trying to increase my performance by fractions of a percentage.  Not to mention countless hours of training and various recovery techniques. Compression garments have been the new fad over the […]


Rest Periods

Here in Australia we’re lucky enough to be able to cycle all year round.  The winter here is road season and the summer is track and crit season.  What more could you ask for??? The downside of this is that if you’re motivated enough to jump from season to season of never ending cycling heaven, […]